February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Stan Hays, co-founder and CEO of Operation BBQ Relief and barbecue competitor, has participated in more than 35 sanctioned barbecue contests with two grand champion awards, four reserve champions and several top ten finishes. He was runner-up in the 2015 season of Chopped Grillmasters on Food Network.

In May 2011, Stan and Will Cleaver established OBR after a tornado swept through Joplin, Mo. At that deployment, the team served 120,000 meals with the original intention of serving 5,000 meals. Before coming home from the first 11-day deployment, they sat down and developed plans for... READ MORE

Stan Hays, co-founder and CEO of Operation BBQ Relief and barbecue competitor, has participated in more than 35 sanctioned barbecue contests with two grand champion awards, four reserve champions and several top ten finishes. He was runner-up in the 2015 season of Chopped Grillmasters on Food Network.

In May 2011, Stan and Will Cleaver established OBR after a tornado swept through Joplin, Mo. At that deployment, the team served 120,000 meals with the original intention of serving 5,000 meals. Before coming home from the first 11-day deployment, they sat down and developed plans for a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Stan’s passion for barbecue and helping those in distress developed into Operation BBQ Relief®, which now has served more than 2.9 million meals in 25 states.

At the Hurricane Michael deployment last month, over 55,000 meals were served four days in a row by nearly 175 volunteers each day. During the past seven years, Stan and his team have responded to 54 disasters with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers nationwide.
Stan works so hard to “create normalcy” for the victims of natural disasters through the comfort of a hot barbecue meal. He was recognized as a 2017 Top 10 CNN Heroes for his work with Operation BBQ Relief®. While he receives several congratulations and awards for his leadership, he says that the most rewarding gratitude is from the people he has served hot barbecue to during the past seven years. It is truly about the healing power of bbq!

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